I am an associate professor at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Sweden where I have established myself as an independent scientist. In parallel I am training as a clinical psychiatrist at Psykiatri Nordväst, Stockholm, Sweden. I graduated in medicine in 2002 at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the same university in 2006. During my PhD, I performed experiments in the field of Behavioral and Molecular Pharmacology using animal models of vulnerability to addiction. After obtaining a PhD, my interests expanded to Cognitive Neuroscience and between 2008 and 2012 I was a postdoctoral fellow first at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and thereafter at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, at University College London (UCL).
I combine behavioral approaches, computational modeling, pharmacological manipulations and imaging techniques such as fMRI, PET and MEG. I have currently three main research interests: First, to understand the role of neuromodulators like dopamine and serotonin in motivational process and decision-making; Second, to understand the relationship between degeneration of the dopaminergic system and cognitive decline in normal aging; Third, to understand the role of the human hippocampus in the generation of adaptive responses in the context of anxiety or novelty. Furthermore, I am currently planning a new study to uncover the relationship between the cognitive functions underlying decision-making abilities and risk for depression.
University Medical Degree
PhD in Neuroscience
Academic honours, awards and prizes
PhD prize of excellence (Premi extraordinari de final de doctorat), awarded by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.